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SubjectRe: [RFC] Migrating net/sched to new module interface
kuznet@ms2.inr.ac.ru wrote:
> Somewhat overdone.

I think it would be nice to introduce in 2.7 a shutdowncall
(*) function class for modules that works like exitcall, but
with the following differences:

- does not return before the module has really de-registered
itself everywhere, including synchronization with any
callbacks, etc.
- has a return code, and can fail if it would have to sleep
for a possibly long time

Before calling the shutdown function, all symbols exported by
the module are hidden, and after the shutdown functions returns,
the module can be unloaded.

That way, the module reference count becomes merely advisory
information, and the real locking, synchronization, etc. is
inside the module.

The module unload mechanism could then check whether the module
is old (uses exitcall) or new (uses shutdowncall), and act
accordingly. Modules and the services they use could then be
gradually fixed.

(*) Or maybe use a nicer name :-)

- Werner

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